Breakout Sessions


Michelle Nealon-Woods, PsyD, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


Dr. Nealon-Woods received her degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2001. She joined the Clinical Psy.D. Program Faculty in Fall 2003 and is currently acting as Department Chair. Prior to studying and working in the United States, Dr. Nealon-Woods began her career in Clinical Psychology in Dublin, Ireland. She moved to the United States in 1994, and until 2000, she worked with adolescents and their families in group homes and foster care and continues to provide services as a consultant for this population. Dr. Nealon-Woods has worked in a variety of clinical settings with diverse groups of people including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, specialty clinics, forensic, and academic settings. She specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Nealon-Woods’ research and scholarly interests include the development and improvement of treatment interventions for children and adolescents, particularly focused on improving the application of clinical approaches with diverse populations.

Greg Friedman, PhD, The Family Institute at Northwestern University


Dr. Friedman is Senior Staff psychologist at The Family Institute and Clinical Lecturer in NU’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies. He has been in the practice of psychology for 28 years and has held numerous positions at leading mental health facilities throughout Chicago. He was Director of the Rehabilitation Program (Psychiatry) at the Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; clinical leader, Director of Psychological Assessment and Coordinator of Research at Four Winds-Chicago; and Director of Psychology and Director of Ambulatory Care at The Rock Creek Center (a psychiatric hospital). During his training, he completed his internship at McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and a Fellow in the post-doctoral training program in clinical psychology at The Menninger Institute. Dr. Friedman treats adult individuals and couples and adolescents with issues involving depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, and personality issues and their impact on work and relations. His research interests include treatment outcomes and client satisfaction.


Randy Parks, LCPC, Response Center


Randy Parks has his MA in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. He has been assistant director of the Response Center for six years. His professional background includes being clinical director of The Youth Campus, a residential treatment facility for adolescents in Park Ridge. He has been working with adolescents and their families professionally for 20 years. Randy is a member JCARES (Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions) and the founder of MENSCH (MEN for Shalom in the Community and Home), a group of Jewish men working to prevent violence towards women and children. Randy has a private practice in Evanston. He and his family are members of Beth Emet, and he is proud to be a presenter at this conference.

Robin Stein, LCSW, Response Center


Robin has worked with adolescents and families for over 25 years. She received her MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, with a BS from Michigan State University, majoring in psychology with a minor in women’s studies. She has worked in foster care settings, independent living programs, group homes, crisis shelters, adolescent parenting services, and with homeless and runaway youth. Ms. Stein was previously Clinical Director of an adolescent agency providing emergency crisis shelter services, transitional living and independent living services for homeless and runaway youth as well as teens that were wards of the state of Illinois. She joined the Response Center (an adolescent resource center) as Assistant Director in 2000 and took over as Director in March 2001. Robin’s clinical training and background focuses on an integration of both psycho-dynamic and systems theory with a treatment philosophy incorporating relational work within the context of feminist empowering theory. Her treatment work has focused on adolescents and their families, providing individual, couples and family counseling as well as group work. She is an expert in adolescent development issues, family systems and trauma, with particular focus on the treatment of childhood incest and sexual abuse. Robin also brings to her work at Response Center a background in milieu therapy, having worked in group homes, shelter systems, foster care and residential treatment facilities.


Fred Miller, MD, PhD, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare


Dr. Miller is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at ENH, and has been on the faculty of the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine for over 14 years. He has a longstanding interest in the important issue of grief experienced by families of the seriously mentally ill, and is the author of a seminal paper on the assessment of this attribute. Dr. Miller is also the originator of the project, There’s No Such Thing as Crazy, which employs film, music, theater, and the internet to dispel myths and combat the stigma of mental illness among teens and young adults. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Illinois. Prior to medical school, Dr. Miller obtained a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Chicago.


Panelists: Agnes Byrne, Candice Savastio & Diane Thurnblad

Facilitator: Barbara Maier, MA, National Alliance on Mental Illness – IL


A founding board member of the reconstituted NAMI Cook County North Suburban, Barb initiated NAMI-CCNS’ Response Line; she has facilitated a support group for parents of children and adolescents at Kenilworth Union Church for 8 years, she and husband Tom are sponsors for “Sundays At One”, a social group for young adults with serious mental illness, and Barb is the team leader for NAMI-CCNS’ newest psychoeducation course, the Provider Education Program – a ten-week course for mental health professionals. Barb is Program Coordinator for NAMI Illinois’ “Visions for Tomorrow” eight-week free psychoeducation course for parents of children and adolescents with brain disorders. Over 500 Illinois parents of children with brain disorders have taken this life-saving course. She serves on the FACES committee of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, and served as a board member for NAMI Illinois for three years. Barb has a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling and is the parent of two adult children.


Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW, Jewish Healing Network of Chicago


Tracey Lipsig Kite is Director of Jewish Healing Network of Chicago: Supporting you in times of illness and loss. She received her BS in Business from Indiana University and MSW. from Loyola University. She has been as a social worker at Jewish Child and Family Services for thirteen years, and also has a private practice in Evanston. As Director of JHNC, Ms. Kite oversees the Network; develops new programs; leads Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) trainings in synagogues; organizes and runs support groups; and works closely with a wide variety of agencies to ensure that people in the Jewish community struggling with illness and loss can find out about and access social service, health and spiritual resources. JHNC is a joint project of Jewish Child and Family Services, Council for Jewish Elderly, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund.

Rabbi Joe Ozarowski, Jewish Child & Family Services


Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski serves as Rabbinic Chaplain to the Jewish Healing Network of Chicago, a program run by Jewish Child and Family Services and several other Jewish Federation agencies. For over 25 years Rabbi Ozarowski has enjoyed a distinguished career as a pulpit rabbi, educator, author, and chaplain, and was honored for his service by the Orthodox Union in 2001. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and administrator of its Beth Din (Rabbinic Court). Ozarowski is a leader in the field of pastoral care and Judaism. He was chair of the Pastoral Care Committee at Franklin Hospital Medical Center, Valley Stream, NY; has been a governing board member of the (New York) Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Bikur Holim; and member of the New York UJA/Federation task forces on Pastoral Care and Hospice. He served as Staff Jewish Chaplain at New York University Medical Center, where he created for the first time a professional Jewish presence at the extensive hospital campus. A prolific author, Rabbi Ozarowski co-authored Common Ground, and has written numerous other articles. His book, To Walk in God’s Ways – Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement, is considered a standard in the field of Judaism and Pastoral Care.


Robyn Seidman, LCSW, Jewish Child & Family Services


Robyn Kaplan Seidman is a Family Life Educator at Jewish Child and Family Services, where she has worked in for the past 10 years. She holds a MSW from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Robyn develops and facilitates groups on varied topics affecting individuals and families as they move through the life cycle. She coordinates and leads programs at JCFS as well as in community settings.

Harvey Kelber, LCPC, Illinois Counseling Association


Harvey is past president of both the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association and the Illinois Counseling Association. Since 1977, he has been in private practice at the Suburban Behavior Consultants, Inc.


Todd DuBose, MDiv, PhD, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


Todd DuBose is Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he teaches various courses from a human science perspective, particularly Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy. He is also a Clinical Psychologist at The Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville. Todd has over 19 years of clinical experience, having practiced in various areas of the country, and works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, play, couple, family, and group therapeutic modalities. He currently sees clients both in Chicago and Naperville. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University, a MDiv from Union Theological Seminary (NYC), and a PhD from Duquesne University. He has further specialized training in pastoral care and counseling, is a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and Pastoral Psychotherapist and a Diplomate with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. His particular clinical interests include families under extreme stress; boundary or limit situations, including interpersonal violence; the phenomenology of pain; the phenomenology of power, abuse, and liberation; lifespan transitions; trauma; complicated mourning; and spiritual crises.

Alexandra Solomon, PhD, The Family Institute at Northwestern University


Dr. Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute and clinical lecturer in Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy Program, as well as co-teacher of the course Marriage 101: Building Loving and Lasting Partnerships. She is a frequent presenter on issues related to intimacy and marriage, including premarital and newlywed concerns. She gained experience in marital and family therapy and research as the Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellow at The Family Institute while she was working on her PhD in Counseling Psychology at NU. Her internship was completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Counseling Center. Dr. Solomon has experience in crisis counseling, group therapy and short and longer term psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families. She treats adults, both as individuals and couples, adolescents and families.


Tom Golebiewski, PhD, LCSW, New Trier High School


Dr. Thomas Golebiewski is Department Chair of Social Work at New Trier High School, an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University School of Social Work, in private practice, and specializes in treating domestically violent men. He is currently Co-President of the Mental Health Association of the North Shore. Dr. Golebiewski received his BA and MSW from Loyola University in Chicago and PhD in Clinical Social Work from The Institute for Clinical Social Work in 2007.

Marian Casey, JD, Answers for Special Kids


Marian Casey is Executive Director and Founder of ASK Answers for Special Kids, a nonprofit organization in Evanston that provides resources to the parents of children with special needs. Marian is an attorney and certified Mediator and is pursuing a Masters Degree in the School of Education at Northwestern University. She’s an active participant in a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations including the Board of Directors of the Cove School in Northbrook. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children.


Patricia Harris, MD


Dr. Harris is a physician with four years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has initiated and developed long-term relationships with nationally and regionally recognized medical thought leaders, and has extensive experience in program administration and project development.

Reginald Richardson, PhD, LCSW, The Family Institute at Northwestern University


Reginald Richardson holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work, a graduate degree in psychiatric social work and a doctorate from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Richardson maintains a clinical practice specializing in individual, couple and family therapy and outreach to persons of color in under-resourced communities. He is also a Clinical Lecturer in Psychology at Northwestern University and Project Director at The Family Institute, where he manages a service and research mental health program working with residents of public housing. He is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in the area of child and family issues. Dr. Richardson’s research has focused on Understanding Behavioral Problems in Children of Color; Parenting Practices in Kinship Foster Care; and Evaluation of Social Service Programs. He also serves as Chair of Research for the Institute for Clinical Social Work, supervising student completing their doctorates.


Gary Hill, PhD, The Family Institute at Northwestern University


Dr. Gary Hill is a licensed clinical psychologist, a licensed marital and family therapist and a certified supervisor addictions counselor in the state of Illinois. Dr. Hill has post-doctoral training in family systems, having completed both the clinical and advanced externships at the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago. He has an extensive clinical background treating individual adults, marital therapy, and systemic treatment of school age children. Dr. Hill is an expert in trauma and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, having been at 9/11 in New York four times after the attack assisting with the relief effort. Dr. Hill also has an extensive business background, having completed the Kellogg Management Institute program in general management training at Northwestern University. He has worked in the corporate world as both regional vice president and national director of provider services for two managed care health insurance companies, Cigna and United Healthcare. Dr. Hill currently is the Director of Clinical Services of the Family Institute at Northwestern University and has a faculty appointment at the University in the Department of Psychology.

Kate Mahoney, LCSW, PEER Services, Inc.


Ms. Mahoney, Executive Director of PEER Services – a community-based substance abuse prevention and treatment program located in Evanston – has worked in the addictions field for nearly 25 years. She has helped design a unique program to provide integrated treatment services to clients whose lives are affected by substance abuse as well as other mental health issues, and has presented at numerous national and statewide conferences. She is currently President of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association. Ms. Mahoney has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.


Valerie Porr, MA, Treatment & Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorders


Ms. Porr is President and Founder of TARA NAPD, the oldest and largest American-Canadian not-for-profit education and advocacy organization representing consumers, families and providers affected by Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the past ten years Ms. Porr has directed the operation of the only BPD Helpline and Resource and Referral service in the US, affording her the opportunity to speak with and collect data from thousands of people with BPD and their family members. Ms. Porr is intensively trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), which led her to develop a treatment to teach people how to help their loved ones with BPD while helping themselves. Ms. Porr conducts educational seminars and Family DBT Coping Skills Workshops; trains family leaders; speaks at family and professional conferences nationally and internationally; and has coordinated BPD research conferences with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health. She has just completed a book, Loving Someone with BPD: How to Repair the Relationship by Implementation of DBT Skills; is the co-author of New Hope for People with BPD; has published numerous articles on family experiences and BPD advocacy issues; and has created the most accurate BPD web site for TARA. She has also been a teacher, artist, fashion designer, and successful business woman.